July 2011

Sunflowers Catching Rays, originally uploaded by bexadler.

Last week while running errands for work I passed field after field of sunflowers. In the past I haven’t noticed actual field of sunflowers here in Sacramento, just random wild ones on the side of the road or among other crops. But this year they’ve seemed really prominent. I enjoy passing them because they remind me of my first ever trip to France when we drove through the Loire Valley, where the roadsides were line with field after field of beautiful sunflowers. Every time I pass one of these fields I’m taken back to that time and am reminded of the trip that started my neverending wanderlust.

Anyhow, after passing so many of these fields last week, I contacted my good friend (and “personal photographer”) Leslie to see if she’d be interested in getting some shots out in one of the sunflower fields. Of course she was interested (I bribed her with dinner at Sophia’s), and the pictures turned out awesome. In fact, this turned out to be one of our easiest photo shoots yet. Usually we’re parked along some busy highway or hopping fences and hoping not to get caught, but this time the gate at the beginning of the dirt road leading to the fields had been left open. Nobody bothered us or seemed to care that we were there. Here’s one of the pictures Leslie got of me.

Check out how tall those sunflowers are! They’re taller than me and the flowers are bigger than my head! Crazy, right?


Recently, my friends and I have circled the subject of movie remakes on several occasions – usually with the conversation being started by someone outraged by a recently announced movie remake (Footloose, anyone?). In the ensuing conversations a number of movies have come up that we feel would cross the line as going too far in the movie remake genre. Here’s my list:

Should Never Be Remade
1. The Princess Bride
2. Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
3. Dirty Dancing
4. Pretty Woman
5. The Goonies

(Note: I did not include the “Duh” movies like Star Wars and Indiana Jones, but I’m well aware that these movies would incite riots if they were ever to be remade.)

Movies that Would Have Been on the List if some asshole hadn’t already done a remake
1. Karate Kid
2. Footloose (although I never saw the original, I recognize it as an iconic movie)

Movies that were actually worth the remake
1. Batman (although I loved the Michael Keaton versions)

Movies that would benefit from a remake
1. Highlander

I wanted to have five for each category, but, as we all know, my pop culture knowledge is VERY limited. I’m curious though: What would you add to these lists?

Berry Creek Falls, originally uploaded by bexadler.

Last weekend I went with The Boy and his friends to Big Basin Redwoods for some camping and hiking. It was my first time out there and I loved it. The weather and the scenery were gorgeous. I could have done without the mosquitoes, but that’s a constant gripe of mine in the outdoors. The above photo was taken along the Skyline to the Sea Trail – a moderate 10 mile hike that passes three waterfalls and plenty of redwoods. It was a tough hike for some of those among us, but I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t recommend it for new hikers (they’ll hate you!), but if you already know you enjoy hiking then I’d recommend checking it out.

Note: If you plan to camp in Big Basin Redwoods in summer, I’d recommend making reservations far in advance. We reserved our spot a couple months in advance and most of the campgrounds were already taken. I’d also recommend going en groupe because the campground is a bit pricey at $35 a night, plus an $8 reservation fee and a $10 fee per car if you have more than one car.